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Maternal Stress May Have A Temporary Effect On Fetuses
2014-06-03 03:10:42

Durham University Fetuses are more likely to show left-handed movements in the womb when their mothers are stressed, according to new research. Researchers at Durham and Lancaster universities say their findings are an indicator that maternal stress could have a temporary effect on unborn babies, adding that their research highlights the importance of reducing stress during pregnancy. However, the researchers emphasized that their study was not evidence that maternal stress led to...

Simple Eye-Tracking Test Developed To Diagnose Alzheimer's
2012-08-27 12:22:06

John Neumann for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A simple, eye-tracking test could help diagnose Alzheimer´s disease earlier and with more success than current methods, reports The Telegraph. Researchers from UK´s Lancaster University, studying the diseases, have developed the tracking test, in partnership with Royal Preston Hospital. Alzheimer´s disease, which is the most common cause of dementia, affects approximately 500,000 people in the UK. The disease process...

2011-04-20 10:16:51

The Van Allen radiation belts are a hazardous environment, full of 'killer' electrons that can be lethal to orbiting satellites. And when those electrons sometimes hit the atmosphere, they alter its chemistry with implications for climate variation. Now students at a school in Yorkshire are set to help scientists better understand the belts. Dr Andrew Kavanagh will present this innovative project between Lancaster University and Headlands School and Community Science College on Wednesday 20...

2010-06-01 03:00:00

LONDON, June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Platform Computing, the leader in cluster, grid and cloud management software, today announced that Lancaster University has selected its Platform HPC Enterprise Edition solution for High Performance Computing (HPC), through its key UK partner, Viglen, a leading British manufacturer and provider of IT solutions to the education and public sector. Lancaster University is one of the UK's top research institutions so having access to enterprise-class HPC power...

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2010-04-14 06:30:00

Changes in the space environment caused by the Sun can lead to periods of bad "space weather". As well as driving intense displays of the northern lights (or aurora borealis), this can generate unexpected currents in electricity distribution grids that could lead to blackouts and damage to valuable infrastructure with potentially high cost to the global economy. Now a team of British scientists at Lancaster University and the British Geological Survey (BGS) in Edinburgh have developed a new...

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2010-03-04 14:25:00

Naegleria genome sheds light on transition from prokaryotes to eukaryotes In the long evolutionary road from bacteria to humans, a major milestone occurred some 1.5 billion years ago when microbes started building closets for all their stuff, storing DNA inside a nucleus, for example, or cramming all the energy machinery inside mitochondria. Scientists have now sequenced the genome of a weird, single-celled organism called Naegleria gruberi that is telling biologists about that transition...

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2009-06-10 08:35:00

Children could be at more of a risk from the air particles created by traffic pollution than was originally thought. An early result of a major London study indicates that the lung capacity of 8- and 9-year-olds is 5% worse than the national standard. Professor Jonathan Grigg at the Center for Pediatrics at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry is leading the study. The particles, or "particulates," are formed in vehicle exhaust and are smaller than the thickness of a single...

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2008-04-03 00:50:00

Scientists in the U.K. have reported evidence that further refutes one theory of global climate change.In the heated debate over global warming, there is an opposing idea, called the cosmic ray theory, which contends that climate change is simply caused by cosmic rays coming from the sun.However, researchers at Lancaster University reported in the Institute of Physics journal that there has been no correlation between solar activity and the Earth's climate.Pioneered by Dr. Henrik Svensmark at...

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2008-04-02 09:15:00

One of the most dynamic events in the interaction between the Sun and the Earth is a "Ëœsubstorm', an explosive reshaping of the Earth's outer magnetic field. To better understand substorms, scientists in Europe and North America are studying them from space using the Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms (THEMIS) satellites launched by NASA in 2007 and from the ground using a network of all-sky cameras. In her talk on Tuesday 1 April at the RAS...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'